March 30, 2017

Joshua 1:8 (NLT) — 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

When I was a kid growing up some stores had signs on the doors that you don’t see anymore. The signs said, “This store is air conditioned.” Do you remember your first experience with air conditioning? My first recollection, I think, was back in the early 60’s. It was a hot muggy summer day in Crosby, North Dakota. I believe I was in 8th grade at the time. A group of us guys were playing baseball in one of the sand lots in town and we were hot, sweaty, sticky and grimy with speckles of sand on our arms, legs and faces.

One of the guys said, “Hey lets go to Erickson’s and get a root beer float.” Erickson’s was the local drugstore that had what we would now call and ‘Old Fashioned soda fountain’. They also had booths with the little push button juke box song selections at each table. I remember walking in the front door and my breath was almost taken away by the dry cool air. It was such a welcome relief. It was like instant body revival. As we slurped up our root beer floats I realized that I wasn’t tired anymore. I felt refreshed. The sand had fallen off my arms, legs and face because my body was no longer sweaty. I wanted to stay there for the rest of the day.

Our memory verse talks about meditation.  Meditating on God’s word is to the mind what air conditioning is to the body. It God conditions our minds. Our minds become renewed and revived like my sweaty body did. They don’t feel run down and tired because they begin to think like God. They begin to look at life from God’s point of view. Wrong thinking begins to fall off like the sand fell off me. Lies are replaced with truth.  Faith takes the place of fear. Gloom is blown away by joy and anxiety is shoved out by peace.

Psalm 94:19 (NLT) — 19 When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

Psalm 119:95 (NLT) — 95 Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me, I will quietly keep my mind on your laws.

Proverbs 16:23 (NLT) — 23 From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.

Romans 8:6 (NLT) — 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

Hebrews 10:16 (NLT) — 16 “This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

1 Peter 1:13 (NLT) — 13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.

Romans 12:2 (NLT) — 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Give you mind the root beer soda of the word and let God’s word change the way you think and your mind will be as refreshed as I was the day I walked in Erickson’s.

Psalm 119:25 (NLT) — 25 I lie in the dust; revive me by your word.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Nowadays we expect air-conditioning and are miserable without it. It should be the same to be without the word of God.